Obituaries Monday June 16th

William “Bill” Mathes, 74, of Burlington, died at 4:05 AM Saturday, June 14, 2014, at his home in Burlington.


Born February 2, 1940, in Burlington, he was the son of George Herman and Rosemary Donohoo Mathes. On August 26, 1967, he married Rita J. Bruty in Washington, IA.


Bill worked as an electrical engineer and in electronic quality control, retiring in 2011.


He was a 1958 graduate of Notre Dame High School. He attended Saint Ambrose University for one year, and received his Associate Degree in Electronic Technology from Southeastern Community College in 1965.


He was a U.S. Coast Guard Veteran, serving from 1959 until 1963.


He was a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church. Throughout his lifetime, Bill was also a member of Eagles, Elks, Moose Lodge, and the Des Moines County Genealogy Society. He loved any water activity and was known for his famous “slush bucket” while swimming. He also enjoyed golfing, fishing, photography, and genealogy. He was an avid contributor to “Letters to the Editor” of the Burlington Hawkeye, a devoted University of Notre Dame football fan, and was known by his friends and family as a history buff.


Survivors include his wife, Rita of Burlington; three daughters, Sarah Ellen Mathes, Patricia Kay Mathes, and Jennifer Jo (Troy) Cagle all of Burlington; five grandchildren, Lindsay Amacker, Hannah Green, Connor Green, Chloe Cagle, and Megan Paladino; four brothers, George (Jacqueline) Mathes of Woodstock, IL, John (Judi) Mathes of Broken Arrow, OK, James (Charlene) Mathes of Springfield, IL, and Robert Mathes of Galesburg, IL; seven sisters, Ann Patterson of Burlington, Marigrace Pennebaker of Burlington, Jane (Dave) Learned of Aransas Pass, TX, Katie (Dan) Mertens of Mount Pleasant, Eileen (Larry) Vorwerk of Burlington, Rosie (Mark) Kaiser of Jefferson City, MO, and Barb (Jay) Brown of Burlington; and numerous nieces and nephews.


He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Richard, Vincent, and Francis Mathes.


Visitation will be from noon until 7:00 PM with the family to receive friends following a 5:00 PM Rosary Service until 7:00 PM Monday, June 16, 2014, at Thielen Funeral Home.


The Funeral Mass of the Resurrection for Mr. Mathes will be 10:00 AM Tuesday, June 17, 2014, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church with Father Marty Goetz as the Celebrant and full military honors rendered by the Burlington Area Veterans Honor Guard. Music will be provided by the Des Moines County Resurrection Choir. A time of food and fellowship will be held at St. Paul’s Parish following the service. Cremation will be entrusted to the care of Thielen Crematory following the service. Burial will be in Aspen Grove Cemetery at a later date.


A memorial has been established for Great River Hospice.


Mary M. Williamson, 64, of Burlington, died at 4:45 pm Friday, June 13, 2014, at the Great River Medical Center in West Burlington. Arrangements are pending at the Thielen Funeral Home & Crematory.


Roger Newbold, 78, of Burlington, died at 8:50 AM, Thursday, June 12, 2014, at the Great River Hospice House in West Burlington.


Born August 31, 1935, in Hillsboro, IA, he was the son of Robert and Gertrude Hixson Newbold. He was raised by his grandparents Eugene and Mae Dick. On June 13, 1954, he married Gayle Joan Moffett in Hillsboro.


Roger retired from J.I. Case Corporation in 1992, where he had worked for 21 years. He also owned the Dairy Queen in Mt. Pleasant for 17 years. In his early years he worked at Boeing Aircraft in Seattle, Washington.


He was a 1953 graduate of Hillsboro High School.


He was a member of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He held a private pilot’s license and flew Cessna Aircraft. He was an avid Seattle Seahawks and Pittsburgh Pirates fan. He enjoyed golfing, traveling, baseball, and especially watching his grandchildren play baseball.


Survivors include his wife, Joan of Burlington; one daughter, Pamala (Steve) Gerhardt of Burlington; one son, Scot Newbold; two grandsons, Tod (Tracy) Gerhardt of Burlington and Matt Gerhardt of Pittsburgh, PA; three great-grandchildren, Connor, Carter, and Addison Gerhardt; one sister-in-law, Bev (Jerry) Sloan of Eldon; three brothers-in-law, Mike (Dar) Moffett of Salem, Merritt (Dee) Moffett of New London, and Mark (Linda) Moffett of Mount Pleasant; and several nieces and nephews.


He was preceded in death by his grandparents, his parents and two brothers, Robert and Tyler Newbold.


Visitation will be from 12:00 PM until 6:00 PM with the family to receive friends from 5:00 PM until 6:00 PM Sunday, June 15, 2014, at Thielen Funeral Home.


The funeral service for Mr. Newbold will be 10:30 AM Monday, June 16, 2014, at Thielen Funeral Home with Reverend Dean Graber officiating. Burial will be in Aspen Grove Cemetery.


In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established.


A photo tribute can be viewed and condolences can be sent to the family by visiting Roger’s obituary at


Robert Louis “Bob” Helms, 93, of Burlington, died at 3:10 PM Friday, June 13, 2014, at the Burlington Care Center in Burlington.


Born June 21, 1920, in Milwaukee, WI, he was the son of Vorice Monroe and Leona Porsow Helms. On October 18, 1941, he married Ethel Elizabeth Senn in Burlington, IA. She died October 15, 2006.


Bob worked as a tool and die maker for the Iowa Army Ammunition Plant for 28 years, retiring in 1987.


He attended elementary and junior high school in Mount Pleasant and graduated from Burlington High School in 1938.


He was a U.S. Navy Veteran, serving during World War II from 1942 until 1945 as an Aviation Machinists Mate. Prior to serving in the Navy, he served an apprenticeship at Burlington Northern Shops.


From 1945-1958, he lived in Milwaukee, WI. He was a member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church and Keenagers and worked for many other organization around Burlington. He was an avid card player and was active in numerous card clubs. He enjoyed cars and was very meticulous about them. He was also a perfectionist and loved tinkering, golfing, and being around people, especially his friends.


Survivors include three daughters, Gaye Humes of Burlington, Nancy (Tom) Franklin of Hallsville, MO, and Esta Helms of Columbia, MO; one brother, James F. Helms of Prescott, AZ; seven grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.


Besides his wife he was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, and one brother.


Cremation has been entrusted to the care of Thielen Crematory.


There will be no visitation.


The memorial service for Mr. Helms will be 1:00 PM Monday, June 16, 2014, at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church with Reverend Ryan Cosgrove officiating. Burial will be in Aspen Grove Cemetery with full military honors rendered by the Burlington Area Veterans Honor Guard. A time of food and fellowship will be held at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church following the burial.


A memorial has been established for Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church.


Teresa Diane ‘Teri’ Tarasewicz, age 59, of Mediapolis, died at her home Saturday, June 14, 2014. The daughter of Robert and Mary Lou Moehn Koval, she was born on August 15, 1954 in Burlington. Teri graduated from Burlington High School in 1972. She married Dan Tarasewicz and later married Raymond Moehle.

She worked at Champion Products and then several years at Fed Ex both locally and also in Phoenix, Arizona. Teri was a member of SS. John and Paul Catholic Church in Burlington. She enjoyed sewing, cooking, and baking. Teri loved her grandkids and her animals. She was a big Packers fan and enjoyed being Mrs. Claus.

Her family includes her mother, Mary Lou Butler of Burlington; her son, Bill & Cindy Tarasewicz of Mediapolis; four grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; five sisters, Pam & Gary Newberry of West Burlington, Beth Ann Beard of Burlington, Gayla Smith of Burlington, Susan Koval & Darrell of Peyton, Colorado, and Jodi & Dave Fitzmaurice of Chesterfield, Missouri; two brothers, Michael Koval of Burlington and Patrick & Nancy Koval of Burlington; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, Robert; and grandparents, especially Grandma ‘Mimi’ Mary Linneman.

The family will meet friends Tuesday, June 17, 2014 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at the Hagele and Honts Funeral Home in Mediapolis with a funeral following at 7:00 PM officiated by Rev. Jerleen Schlesser.

Cremation will follow the service.

A Memorial Fund is established for the benefit of the American Cancer Society.

Condolences may be sent and viewed at


Thelma “Louise” Parrish, 90, of Fort Madison, IA, formerly a long-time resident of Montrose, passed away at 2:13 p.m. on Saturday, June 14, 2014 with her family at her bedside at the Madison in Fort Madison, IA. She had been in failing health for the last four months. She was born on June 3, 1924 in Stronghurst, IL, the daughter of George A. & Gladys O. McMarlin Nichols. She grew up in the Wyaconda, MO area and graduated from Wyaconda High School. She then went to Kirksville Teacher’s College. She married Wallace E. Parrish on December 24, 1947 in Kahoka, MO. He preceded her in death on April 30, 1994.

She is survived by: 3-children: Truda (Thomas) Rudd of rural Montrose, IA, Theresa Annette (Dan) Jungbluth of Prole, IA & Larry Parrish of Fort Madison, IA; 6-grandchildren: Terry Rudd, Tim Rudd, Jesse Jungbluth, Zachary Jungbluth, Logan Parrish & Angela Merriss; 4-great grandchildren; 1-great great granddaughter & 1-brother: George “Bud” (Mary) Nichols, Jr. of Kahoka, MO. She was preceded in death by: her parents, husband, 1-brother: Richard Nichols and her beloved dog: Snickers.

Louise retired as Montrose Elementary School secretary after 26 years of service when the new elementary school was opened at Central Lee. Previously she had worked as a substitute teacher in the Montrose School District. She began her teaching career as a multi-grade teacher in a one room school house after receiving teacher’s training at Kirksville. In the 1940’s she worked at the Sheaffer Pen Company. Louise was a member of the Woodville Baptist Church in her youth and after moving to Montrose, she attended the Montrose Methodist Church. In Fort Madison, she attended Our Savior Lutheran Church. She enjoyed buying and selling antiques, attending auctions, yard sales and flea markets and shopping. She was a member of the Fort Madison Al-Anon for 20 years and a weekly card club. Before her husband passed away, they enjoyed square & round dancing. She also enjoyed hand quilting and embroidery work.

Friends may call after 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 with the family to receive friends from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday evening at King-Lynk Funeral Home & Crematory. The funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at King-Lynk Funeral Home & Crematory with Rev. Steve Rasmussen officiating. Burial will be held at Wyaconda Cemetery in Wyaconda, MO. A memorial has been established for the P.A.W. Animal Shelter, Emma Cornelius Hospitality House or the Wyaconda Cemetery Association. Online condolences to the family may be left at the King-Lynk Funeral Home & Crematory website:


Nancy C. Inghram, 81, of Burlington, Iowa, died at Burlington Care Center, Burlington, Iowa, on Thursday, June 12, 2014.

Born on January 17, 1932 in Burlington, Iowa, she was the daughter of Milburn E. and Clara Hageman Lietsch. She married Earl F. Inghram on June 10, 1950 in West Burlington, Iowa. He died on October 25, 2007.

Nancy was a homemaker. She had many joys in her life. She loved cruising on the river with husband Earl and family on the Nancy III. She adored her children and grandchildren. She brought joy to everyone, and everyone was grateful to have known her and they adored her. She knew no strangers and welcomed everyone into her life and her home. She will be best remembered for her humor and her generosity. She was of the Catholic faith.

She is survived by one son, Christopher (Martha) Inghram of Burlington, IA; two daughters, Coeli (Nicholas) Nartay of Des Moines, IA and Tori McSorley, Silver Springs, MD; 11 grandchildren, Quinton Inghram, Jena Inghram, Jade Inghram, Ivy Boyd, Jordan Walker, Jesse McSorley, Matthew Carrol, Lacy Clifford, Tiffany Inghram, Bridget Konan and Jeaneen Ford; 12 great-grandchildren, Audrey, Alivia and Eli Inghram, Paige Rios, Owen Baker, Layla and Luna Leif, Niko Ainsfield,
Sebashton Albert, Violet Ford, Xander Carroll and Kyla McGillem; ten sisters, Gloria Lietsch of Aurora, IL, Patricia (James) Darnold of West Burlington, IA, Rosemary Harris of West Burlington, IA, Sanchia Gahn of Edina, MN, Rita (Albert) Heckenberg of Sperry, IA, Mary Ellen Rincon of Tampa, FL, Judith Heap of West Burlington, IA, Mary Lucia Lietsch of Burlington, IA, Michaela (Mickey) Daly of Burlington, IA, Sheila (Wayne) Drew of Burlington, IA; two brothers, Milburn “Sonny” Lietsch Jr. of Burlington, IA & Thomas (Barbara) Lietsch of Burlington, IA; two brothers-in-law, James Grothe of Middletown, MD and John Carlson of Danville, IA; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; five sons, Wayde, Greggory, Damian, Grant and Trevor; three sons, Celine “Sally” Grothe, Therese Francine McLaughlin an Suzanne Carlson.

The Memorial Service for Nancy Inghram will be held on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at Prugh’s Chapel. Fr. Marty Goetz will officiate. Interment will be in Burlington Memorial Park Cemetery. No formal visitation is planned. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in her memory. Prugh Funeral Service has been entrusted for cremation. Condolences may be left at


Paul W. Pemberton, 91, of Sun City Center, Florida, former Burlington resident, died at South Bay Hospital, Sun City Center, Florida on Tuesday, May 27, 2014.

Born on January 16, 1923 in Burlington, Iowa, he was the son of Otis and Elizabeth Beer Pemberton. He married Virginia Helterbran on November 15, 1942 in Seattle, Washington.

Paul was a graduate of Burlington High School and Southeastern Community College. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1940 to 1945 during World War II. He worked for the U.S. Postal Service as Secretary to the Postmaster and retired in 1978 after 37 years of service. During that time he was a Railway Postal Clerk from 1945 to 1967. He enjoyed the river, hunting, fishing and training Labrador dogs. He was a 60 year member of the Patriot Masonic Lodge, 5o year member of the Davenport Consistory, KAABA Shrine, Moose Lodge, National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association and the V.F.W. He was a member of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church.

He is survived by his wife, Virginia.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Graveside ash committal services will be held at Aspen Grove Cemetery on Monday, June 16, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. Chaplain Dean Graber will officiate. A memorial has been established for Shriners Childrens Hospitals. Condolences may be left at